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Stairway of the Stars BAND Concert Night Salutes The Beasley Family

by on Feb.11, 2014, under Events

A Salute to John Beasley and Family

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For 65 years, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has produced an annual musical extravaganza to share the outstanding music education programs in the district with the community that provides much of the support. The district’s excellent music programs are featured in three nights of concerts called “Stairway of the Stars” at Santa Monica High School’s historic Barnum Hall auditorium. The Friday, February 7th evening program is a CHOIR NIGHT ONLY consisting of an Elementary Honor Choir and Middle and High School Choir.

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Elementary, Middle, and High School Bands will perform on Tuesday, February 11th only.

Elementary, Middle, and High School Orchestras will perform on Thursday, February 13th only.

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Over the three nights, there are approximately 1,000 student performers involved in the Stairway concerts. The 2014 concert will actually be the 65th Annual Stairway-of-the-Stars!

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This year, the concerts will take place on February 7th (CHOIR), 11th (BAND) and 13th (ORCHESTRA), from 7:00 p.m. to about 8:30 p.m. The concert will be held this year in Barnum Hall on the Santa Monica High School campus. Each year, a guest conductor is featured to work with the district’s students and this year, Dr. Albert McNeil will be the guest conductor for choirs. For more information on Dr. McNeil, feel free to visit:

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The 2014 Stairway Honor Award Recipient will be …

The Beasley Family


Before passing away in 2010, Lida Beasley was a legendary orchestra and band teacher at John Adams Middle School and Samohi for many years, and her husband Rule is a composer and former director of the Santa Monica College Orchestra program. Rule and Lida have two sons, John and Paul, and two grandchildren, Justin and Sierra. Paul is an attorney in Oregon, and John is an internationally renowned jazz pianist, composer and recording artist.

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FOR 2014 STAIRWAY DEDICATIONS to be included in the Stairway program, to students & friends, please copy and paste the following web address to your browser, then use the Stairway Order Form for dedications:

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Make a DONATION to support the extraordinary quality of the SMMUSD Music Program! You may donate using the Stairway Order form at the link above, or include a donation when you pay for your tickets online.

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Stairway online advance ticket sales are available exclusively to families of students performing in Stairway from 7am on Monday, January 13th to 7pm on Sunday, January 26th. Each student performer may purchase up to three (3) tickets during the online advance ticket sales period with their student ID code, for the night of their performance ONLY, on a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS. Families with more than one student performing may purchase up to three (3) tickets per performing student for each night the student is performing only.

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When the advance purchase period ends, remaining tickets will be available to the public during an online FLASH SALE from 12:01am on Monday, January 27th to 11:59pm on Friday, January 31st. During the FLASH SALE, anyone may buy an UNLIMITED number of tickets for any and all Stairway concert nights, on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no reserved seating in Barnum Hall, and tickets purchased during the flash sale (Jan. 27-31) have the same value as tickets purchased during the online advance period (Jan. 13-26).

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Any remaining tickets will be made available to the general public starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Barnum Hall box office on each event night. Tickets will be sold each evening at the box office only for that evening’s performance. Thus, on Friday, February 7th, tickets will ONLY be sold for the Friday Stairway CHOIR concert, and on Tuesday, February 11th, tickets will ONLY be sold for Thursday’s Stairway BAND concert. Likewise, on Thursday, February 13th, tickets will ONLY be sold for Thursday’s Stairway ORCHESTRA concert. Ticket price is $15.00 each, cash or check only at the box office.

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